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Postdoctoral Scholar – Postdoc in Inertial Navigation

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The MicroSystems Lab ("Shkel group") at the University of California, Irvine is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar position in the areas of Inertial Navigation (Hardware Design) and Inertial Navigation (Software Design). The successful candidate will contribute to high profile federal government research programs developing revolutionary micro-sensors, algorithms, and systems based on innovative device architectures, materials, fabrication, and control algorithms using state-of-the-art facilities in an intellectually ambitious and stimulating entrepreneurial environment with ability to publish work.

Specific responsibilities will include:

• Thrust 1 – Inertial navigation (Hardware Design): conceptual and physical design of MEMS-based inertial navigation systems, packaging, and integration of IMU with aiding sensors.
• Thrust 2 – Inertial navigation (Software Design): Development and implementation of embedded software algorithms for inertial navigation with aided sensing modalities.

Additional responsibilities will include design and implementation of characterization experiments, data analysis, collaboration with other researchers, preparing publications and delivering presentations for top journals and conferences, reporting to the funding agencies, and periodic assistance to graduate students.

The successful candidate is expected to have a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering (Ph.D. preferred but not required) and demonstrated experience in one of the thrust areas outlined above. The candidate should have excellent communication and time management skills, ability to learn quickly and enthusiastically, and experience in: Inertial Navigation Algorithms and Aiding Techniques. Experience in ZUPT-aided INS, foot-mounted inertial navigation, and dead reckoning algorithms is a bonus.

The job is located in the beautiful Irvine just 7 miles from Pacific Ocean beaches and comes with all standard UC health benefits. Position is dependent on extramural funding and research contracts of the Principal Investigator. The position will remain open until closed. An immediate start date is available within 2 weeks of the hiring decision. Renewal of the appointment will be offered to well performing candidates contingent upon the availability of adequate funding. Applicants should email a resume and names and contact information of 3 references to the PI's contact below. Please indicate "specialist appointment – Inertial Navigation (Hardware or Software)" in the email subject. The applicants are encouraged to visit

Andrei M. Shkel, Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Irvine

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The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 references required (contact information only)